You never know how dependent you are on the pump…until it fails! This last month, Kaitlyn’s pump decided to malfunction. For almost two days, we were without it. Luckily, we didn’t experience any blood-sugar problems and the company replaced our pump quickly, without any cost. But it was amazing how much we missed having it for that little amount of time!

I think about how we used to get along without computers or email or cell phones. Typewriters were before my day, but I remember my mom telling me about how she would have to type her reports for college, and every error would need to be erased with a special eraser, and sometimes she would have to start over completely. It wasn’t until I was in college that I really depended on having email and a cell phone. Remember writing actual letters and putting them in the mail? How about using a pay phone? I can’t remember the last time I used one of those — do they even have them anymore? Now, I can’t go for one day without checking my email or even an hour without using my phone. I thought I would go crazy when I lost my phone and had to wait a couple of days for my new one to arrive.

That’s how it felt when we didn’t have Kaitlyn’s pump! We had to go back to the way we used to do things, and it took a little bit of a toll on us. Kaitlyn wasn’t excited about having shots again. She did remarkably well and was very patient, but I noticed that she would choose to wait rather than to eat an extra snack so that she wouldn’t have to get another shot. I ended up driving over to the school four times in one day so I could be there to help the nurses take care of the shots for her meals.

We had gotten so used to using her pump all the time that we really took it for granted. We missed how convenient it was to be able to give insulin at the press of a button. Needless to say, we were really grateful when the box showed up at my front door with Kaitlyn’s shiny new pump. Now if only transferring all the settings from one pump to the next was as easy as downloading your phone numbers to a new phone!

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.

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